So here’s the biggest lessons I’m taking away from 2018.
Sometimes things are out of your control-but it still sucks. I admit that this year was super hard for me. Having three kids and one of them being just a year old [so basically her newborn to baby stage was all my 2018] and running a business alongside of all of it was tough stuff! So making time for friends was almost non-existent this year, which also means….my relationships suffered a little and this is very hard for me to accept. *Lesson learned: Sometimes things are out of our control. Sometimes some seasons require that you be the best that you can be and hope that the people who are supposed to be in your life can understand.
God will send you peers who understand. This year I worked with and grew strong relationships with some amazing people. They became really close friends. I would receive random text messages, phone calls, and invitations at just the right time and these little things would give me just enough umph to get through. *Lesson learned: You aren’t alone on your journey. And if you’re open to it….there are people that God will send your way in the weirdest seasons of life. They can become really really great friends.
I’m not happy alone. This industry of mine semi-teaches us to “hustle” alone. We are taught to close up and guard our secrets and our creative ventures. We fear someone catching on to what we are doing so we protect. But what we actually do is build walls. I open up my life, my creative journey quite often, but I must admit that there are fears that cross my mind far more than I want them to. But when I think of true joy…it revolves around inviting others into my process…CLOSELY! Lesson learned: Fear less…GIVE MORE. Collaborate more. Invest in others more. I want to pour myself out in 2019. I want to make myself available. It sounds scary and exhausting to even say that, but God knows that this is my heart. I don’t want to hold anything in. I don’t want to hold back. The HOW will come but for now, I know this is what I want 2019 to look like.
Now….I’d love to introduce you to some amazing people that I had the joy and privilege of working with or connecting closely with in 2018!
I absolutely know that I am not naming every single person that touched my heart and life and influenced my journey in 2018. But I had to highlight these. Thank you all so very much. I hope I’ve been a blessing to you as you have been to me. I’m excited for 2019. I’m really uncertain about so many things…but I trust that the Lord is already there and that 2019 will be a great year for Jimmy and I TOGETHER. Hopefully you’ll start to see new ventures from me that revolve around my husband and my family. That would be a dream come true. Cheers to all the dreamers and all the believers…I hope that what you’re working hard for today will manifest tomorrow!